CDL/CLP INFORMATION Gas distribution work often requires the use of large, heavy equipment that must be driven to and from job sites, so many utility and construction companies require that their workers possess a Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL). For this reason, Gas Distribution Program students are strongly encouraged to obtain their commercial learner’s permit (CLP) prior to graduation; however, obtaining a CDL or CLP is not required for graduation from the GDP. The CLP is the first step to obtaining a CDL later, and having a CLP makes you more attractive to employers.
NLC recommends that you obtain your CLP or CDL prior to starting the Gas Distribution Program, if possible. Requirements vary from state to state, so check with your local DMV for specifics. Please refer to the following requirements for obtaining a commercial learner‘s permit (CLP) in states where NLC offers the Gas Distribution Program.
COMMERCIAL LEARNER’S PERMIT REQUIREMENTS Though this list contains the necessary steps, further details are available at txdps.state.tx.us/DriverLicense/commerciallicense.htm To obtain a commercial learner’s permit in the state of Texas, you must • apply in person at a driver’s license office; • present appropriate documents to verify your identity; • present documents to verify Texas residency; • present evidence of your Social Security number; • meet the self-certification of medical status requirement by completing the Self-Certification Affidavit; • if applicable, meet the nonresident commercial requirements; • present proof of Texas vehicle registration and liability insurance on all vehicles registered in your name; • complete the Supplement Application Texas Commercial Driver License Certifications and Record of CDL Examination (CDL-1); • consent to be photographed, fingerprinted, and provide a signature; • pass a vision test; • pass the knowledge and skills tests for the appropriate driver’s license, including endorsements; • pay the required fee; • provide a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) for the driving test.
COMMERCIAL LEARNER’S PERMIT REQUIREMENTS Though this list contains the necessary steps, further details are available at flhsmv.gov/handbooks/EnglishCDLHandbook.pdf To obtain a commercial learner’s permit in the state of Florida, you must • be a resident of Florida (info on obtaining residency can be found at: stateofflorida.com/residency.aspx) • be at least 18 years of age to drive intrastate, 21 to drive interstate; • hold a Florida Class D license; • surrender any and all other driver’s licenses issued by Florida or any other state; • not be under suspension, revocation, cancellation, or disqualification in Florida or any other state; • submit a valid medical report or card; • provide proof of Social Security number; • pass all required tests and pay fees.
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